Class: Primary 4

Term: 1st Term

Week: 3

Age: 9 years

Duration: 40 minutes



Subject: National Values Education

Curriculum Theme: Social Studies

Topic: Wedding Practices In Nigeria

Content: Role of culture in marriage practices. Concept of dowry. Reasons for difference in marriage practices

Specific Objectives:
By the end of the lesson, pupils should be able to:

  • Explain different marriage practices in Nigeria.

Reference Materials:

  • 9 – Years Basic Education Curriculum
  • Abuja Educational Resource Centre Scheme of work
  • NAPPS National Unified Scheme of Work
  • Course Book
  • Online Information
  • Textbooks (List your relevant textbook here)

Instructional Materials:

  • Pictures or illustrations of various Nigerian wedding practices
  • Objects used in different marriage ceremonies
  • Chalkboard/whiteboard and markers
  • Chart paper and markers

Rationale for the Lesson:

Understanding wedding practices in Nigeria helps students appreciate the cultural diversity and values in their society, promoting tolerance and respect.

Prerequisite/Previous Knowledge:

Students should have basic knowledge of Nigerian culture and society.


Content Development: Marriage Practices In Nigeria

ContentTimeTeaching MethodTeacher’s Point/ActivitiesPupils’ Activities
Introduction 5 minsIntroduce the lesson Begin by asking pupils if they have attended a wedding or know what a wedding is. Explain the topic and its importance.Answer questions and participate in the discussion.
Role of Culture in Marriage Practices 10 minsDiscussionShow pictures or illustrations of various Nigerian wedding practices. Discuss the role of culture in these practices.Observe and engage in the discussion.
Concept of Dowry 5 minsExplanationExplain the concept of dowry and its significance in some cultures.Listen attentively and ask questions.
Reasons for Difference in Marriage Practices 10 minsGroup ActivityDivide pupils into small groups and provide each group with an object used in marriage ceremonies. Ask them to discuss how different objects are used in various practices.Discuss in groups and present findings.
Evaluation 5 minsQuestion and AnswerAsk questions about the content discussed and the specific objective.Answer questions individually.
Conclusion 5 minsRecap and DiscussionSummarize the lesson and emphasize the importance of respecting diverse marriage practices.Share what they’ve learned.

Note to Pupils:

Different Marriage Practices In Nigeria

  1. Igbo Marriage:
  • In Igbo culture, marriage is a significant event.
  • The groom and his family visit the bride’s family to ask for her hand in marriage.
  • Traditional ceremonies include the “Ikuaka” (wine carrying) and “Igba Nkwu” (wine carrying ceremony).
  • The groom’s family often pays a bride price to the bride’s family.

2. Yoruba Marriage:

  • Yoruba weddings are colorful and festive.
  • A significant part of the ceremony is the “Introduction” where the families meet.
  • Yoruba weddings often involve a lot of traditional attire and music.

3. Hausa/Fulani Marriage:

  • In Northern Nigeria, Hausa/Fulani marriages are steeped in tradition.
  • The groom’s family pays a dowry, which includes gifts and money, to the bride’s family.
  • The “Kayan Zanin” is an important ceremony where the bride receives gifts like clothing and jewelry.

4. Christian and Islamic Weddings:

  • Many Nigerians, regardless of their cultural background, have Christian or Islamic weddings. These weddings may incorporate both traditional and religious elements, such as church services or Islamic prayers.

The Role Of Culture In Marriage

Culture shapes how weddings are celebrated in Nigeria. Different ethnic groups have their unique customs, traditions, and practices that make each wedding special and meaningful. Understanding and respecting these cultural aspects is seen as a sign of honoring one’s heritage and tradition. It’s a way to maintain the customs and values of a particular culture.


  1. Can you explain the role of culture in marriage practices in Nigeria?
  2. What is the concept of dowry in some Nigerian cultures?
  3. Why is it important to understand and respect different marriage practices in Nigeria?

Note to Teachers:

Customize the lesson content, teaching methods, and pupil activities to suit your teaching style, curriculum, and available resources.

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Last Update: October 24, 2023